Monday, July 29, 2013

Take Me to Cape May Tonight! Ronnie Spector is in town!!

The Stockton Performing Arts Center is offering concerts on Mondays and plays on Wednesdays throughout the summer at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Boardwalk, Cape May.
The concerts are part of the 12th annual Stockton Goes to the Beach Concert series. The plays are part of Children’s Summer Playhouse, which is in its 33rd season in Cape May.
Next up is Ronnie Spector, 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, at Cape May Convention Hall.
As lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector recorded a string of classic pop hits: teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international No. 1 smash “Be My Baby.”
Tickets are $35. Call (855) 708-9699.

Friday, July 12, 2013

TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

TEDxCapeMay 2013 Explores “Nature & Nurture”

With array of presenters and performers at Cape May Convention Hall, Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cape May, NJ (GistCloud) July 12, 2013 – In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TEDxCapeMay returns to Cape May this year at Convention Hall on Sunday, October 20, 2013, beginning at 9:30am for a full day of diverse performances and presentations under the provocative theme: “Nature & Nurture.” The TEDxCapeMay program features over 12 outstanding presenters and performers, along with added TEDTalk videos. Attendees receive a gourmet boxed “shoobie” lunch and an evening open bar reception at Congress Hall. Tickets are $75 per person. For the full program and registration, go to TEDxCapeMay.com.
“Our first TEDxCapeMay program drew over 200 attendees, so this year we moved to the new Convention Hall with the Atlantic Ocean in view, and extended our range of presenters,” said organizer Norris Clark. “This year we’ll explore ideas at the intersection of ‘Nature & Nurture’ here on the Jersey Shore“
TEDxCapeMay 2013 is sponsored by Exit Zero Publishing, Congress Hall, and Cape May Forum. Presenters include the following:
  • Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop.
  • With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. She developed a language of storytelling by paper cutting multi-layered stories. In 2011, Béatrice strode onto the TED stage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, Béatrice tells stories informed by life. Her own life colors her work: after briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She moved to New York in 1985, where she reinvented herself as an artist. Coron’s oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
  • A dynamic yoga instructor from California, Chrissy Graham, considers the ancient practice of yoga in the modern world and asks – “what’s it good for?” Chrissy has been a student of yoga for 15 years, and is a Certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She presently teaches public classes, workshops, Immersions, and Teacher Training throughout the California Bay area, and abroad.
  • As the CEO of the world’s largest social media charity, Dave Girgenti has a very unique job — he is a wish-master. He connects people in need with everyday heroes who can help through his website, Wish Upon a Hero.  Perfect strangers helping others, hundreds of times a day.  Why do they do it?  Do people truly like helping others? Is there an emotional connection for the hero? Or are they motivated by guilt, perhaps?  Have YOU ever helped a complete stranger?  Dave will analyze news and entertainment media coverage of ‘good deeds’ that often forms public perception.  He will also cite his own first-hand experiences of wishes that have been granted, and will explore the questions above.  Dave will challenge the audience to ask themselves if they, too, have this capacity to do ‘good’ and be someone’s hero.
  • As Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia, Eliot McIntire raises a provocative question: If biodiversity is all about “survival of the fittest,” are the fittest always the strongest competitors? According to McIntire, global biodiversity is not just a matter of “dog eat dog,” but rather a matter of one species helping another.
  • Eliot Glazer is a writer and comedian who looks at old footage of his grandfather and discovers deep parallels, and asks, “Am I My Grandpa?” Eliot has contributed to New York Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and is the editor of My Parents Were Awesome (Random House, 2011), an anthology of essays based on his blog of the same name. Eliot is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He continues to perform sketch and storytelling all over New York City, and is the co-creator of the web series, It Gets Betterish, which takes an irreverent look at what it means to be young, gay, and weird. He has appeared on MTV, NBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC World News Tonight, BBC Radio, and Sirius Radio XM, as well as Blackbook, Redbook, Entertainment Weekly, and Wired Magazines.
  • Geo Espinosa, N.D., L.Ac., C.N.S., shows how men can thrive after cancer through CaPLESS living. Dr. Geo is a renowned naturopathic urologist and is a recognized authority in integrative treatments for urologic conditions and prostate cancer. Dr. Geo, as he is known, is the founder and director of the Integrative Urology Center at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC).
  • Can you imagine opening your window to a moving garden, or a parking lot converted into a park? Plants and green infrastructure can bring much to the city, but how? Artist Marco Castro shares ways to creatively nurture urban communities with nature in practical and playful ways, such as he did with his award winning public project – Bus Roots – utilizing plants as a creative medium.
  • As a child, Jen Miller was bullied, and the only place she could escape her tormenters was heading down the shore. There, she found solace, and a sense of herself. In her talk, she discusses the importance of having that other place in nature, one that has a sky and not a ceiling.” Jen Miller is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s World, Details, Allure, Philadelphia Magazine and New Jersey Monthly. She’s also the author of three books, two about the “Jersey Shore.”
  • Kamau Stanford asks whether perseverance is a matter of nature or nurture, as he perseveres to build schools as places of information, opportunity and exposure, not just for students, but also to the community at large. As the Community Engagement and Extra Curricular Director at Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia, Kamau attended the prestigious Central High School, Howard University and the Howard University School of Law.
  • R. Jay Magill, Jr. expertly navigates history, theology, art, and politics to create a compelling portrait of “sincerity,” an ideal that, despite its abuse, remains a strange magnetic north in our secular moral imagination. R. Jay is a writer, editor, and host of a radio program on NPR Worldwide. He is the author of Chic Ironic Bitterness (Michigan, 2007) and Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion that We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull) (Norton, 2012), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Wall Street Journal top-ten book of 2012. Magill holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hamburg and an MA in art history and philosophy from SUNY-Stony Brook, and he has taught at the University of Lüneburg and at Harvard University, where he received a Derek Bok award. He has has written for the American Prospect, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print, Spiegel Online, and the Boston Globe, among other publications.
  • Ryan Krill will explore the nature and nurture of making beer. As the co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s first microbrewery. The Cape May Brewing Company won the Best IPA at the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival, won the Business Venture Award and Conservation award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and was given an Economic Development loan to assist in the most recent expansion and the brewery is already planning its next move.

  • How can we free ourselves to live authentically, fully, with joy and fulfillment? How do we know and live our heart’s purpose and passion while living our lives, as they are now? Sigal Brier is a motivational coach, inspirational teacher, rabbi, researcher and artist, with training in psychology, art, integrative methods, and holistic lifestyle. Her innovative approach integrates body-mind methods that rely on the understanding of neuroscience and brain research. She teaches internationally and facilitates experiences of transformation in diverse venues, including Temple University and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News and on several shows on NPR (National Public Radio.) Sigal is an Israeli-American with two MA degrees who has written for the Journal of Counseling and Development and the Journal of Loss and Trauma. She is also the founder of Integrative Spirituality and the creator of Sh’maYoga™, and is an accomplished musician who has recorded several original music CDs.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Horse-Drawn Carriages in the News

Nice Article in AC Press about horse-drawn carriages in Cape May:

The clomping of a 2,000-pound horse is a familiar sound on the crowded streets of Cape May, one of the few New Jersey towns with regular horse-drawn carriage rides.
But there's another side to the job of carriage driver - one apart from controlling a massive animal in bumper-to-bumper traffic while giving a 30-minute historical tour.
"You know when you see someone and think, what a cool job they have?" said Chantel Semanchik, co-owner of the Cape May Carriage Co. and a carriage driver in New Jersey and New York City for a decade. "We have that cool job."
They are witnesses to hundreds of marriage proposals, some ending with an uncomfortable silence and a surprise rejection, some with a particularly amorous "yes."
They need to be aware of the bodily functions associated with draft breeds such as Percherons and Clydesdales that can drink 20 gallons of water a day.
And there are the daily interactions of the horses with the public, particularly curious children.
"One time this horse was standing there sound asleep and this young kid was doing everything in his power to get the horse to look at him. He was doing ninja moves right in front of the horse's face, saying 'hii-yaa' in front of the carriage stop," Semanchik said. "The mom was like, 'Get over here and knock it off.' And slowly the kid would wander over and start again."
The Cape May Carriage Co. employs about 15 drivers in the summer. Semanchik and partner Mario Lattuca Bonamico, both 36 and living in West Cape May, purchased the business in 2011 from former owner Beverly Carr.
Their experiences go back much further.
Semanchik was a carriage driver in New York City's Central Park and at Ocean Grove in Monmouth County, she said.
Lattuca Bonamico is a second generation driver in Central Park, who has been doing the job for nearly 20 years and still owns a carriage and horse in New York City.
"The horses get a little celebrity status. … Today people are so focused on technology, it's a fun job as a whole where you have people who just want to take time with their family and just clear their minds," he said.
Of course, knowing how to handle and drive these horses is a major function of the job. So is finding horses that will not be rattled by horn honks, noisy beach-goers and vehicles with much more horsepower than them.
"Our biggest problem is finding good drivers. A lot of people want to do the job, but only a handful can do it," Semanchik said.
"It takes a person with horse sense and skill," Lattuca Bonamico added. "Understand the body language of a horse, how they act and react to your handling, physically, vocally. You have to work together as a team. … If a horse doesn't trust you, he will never trust his surroundings."
Horse-drawn carriages are popular settings for wedding proposals. Often, drivers are notified the question will be popped. The answer is another story.
"In some, the ladies don't expect it or they'll just scream," he said. "Or the others will stay there silent - you hear the guy's voice but you don't hear the girl's voice. And you wonder, well, what happened?"
"Not every one ends in a fairy tale. I haven't experienced it here, but I have in New York, where I guess they get thrown off guard. They were taking a romantic ride, the ring pops up. Then she goes her way, and he's stuck in the carriage all by himself," he said.
Others tell drivers of the impending proposal but nerves stop them.
"Other times they get cold feet, don't know what to do, and the ride's over," Semanchik said. "Now they're in the carriage stop proposing in front of all the people and the audience. So she says yes and everybody screams and hollers."
Dealing with a horse's bodily functions is another unique feature of the job, one that requires a 5-gallon bucket. Horses are trained to relieve themselves at the carriage stop.
They also have diapers that catch the other function, often to the "ewwws" of children, she said.
Working in Ocean Grove, Semanchik said, photos of that end of the business were among the most popular taken during class field trips.
"When you stare at a horse's (behind) for as long as we have, you start to know all these things," she said.
Semanchik and Lattuca Bonamico acknowledge the job has come with controversy, particularly in Central Park. There, horse-drawn carriages have drawn the ire of animal rights advocates who want them stopped.
The couple says their horses are well cared for and are doing what they were bred to do, although people will sometimes walk up to them and say the horse looks thirsty, Semanchik said.

"I've bet people. I tell them if my horse will drink, I'll bet you every penny you have my horse isn't thirsty. … I know because the horse just drank five minutes ago. I know that because I know my horse," she said.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Littlest Miller Makes Exit Zero

If you are in Cape May in the next few weeks and pick up Exit Zero's special 10th Anniversary broadsheet edition (think NYPost/NYDailyNews look), be sure to look for my littlest girl on page 7.  Here's a peek!

Saturday, July 6, 2013


#2Do2DayinCapeMay Independence Parade 1pm Beach Drive near Convention Hall; patriotic fun all weekend @hcsvillage HistoricColdSpringVillage

#2Do2DayinCapeMay MT @CapeMayPoint: Cape May Point Bazaar Sat. 8:30a-1p. Furniture, Books,Games, Baked Goods, Silent Auction, Raffles, more!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

What Time are the Fireworks in Cape May on the Fourth of July?

The fireworks will take place off Congress Hall beach at  9:15 PM.

Independence Day in Cape May! Happy 4th of July Cape May-niacs!

Cape May on the Fourth of July 2013! Independence Day in Cape May!

If you are in Cape May for the Fourth of July, you've come to the right place. Cape May celebrates Independence Day right.  Red, White, Blue, Fireworks, All-America as it gets.  Here are the events you need to hit this July 4 in Cape May:

Many hotels will be putting on events, all of which will culminate with fireworks over the ocean off of Congress Beach at DUSK.

Congress Hall will have kids games, patriotic singalongs, and live music starting at 4pm; a picnic at 5pm at $12 a head, and a lobster bake at $85 a head starting at 6pm.

But Congress Hall is not the only hotel with events  for the Fourth.  Also check out the Montreal Inn, which will have a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band playing at 4pm until the fireworks begin!

You can also catch a brass band at the Rotary Bandstand at 7:45pm, and alternatively you can watch the fireworks from the Cape May Whale Watcher Boat!

Lots to do in Cape May today! Be there or be square!!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Planning Your Third of July in Cape May NJ (4th of July/Independence Day/CapeMay)

Yesterday I mentioned that you can see fireworks up in North Cape May this evening, and that there's a street fair planned as well.   That should be fun - don't miss it!

But also keep in mind that EXIT ZERO is having a big party this afternoon at 4pm, with free food and games, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.  Go celebrate with the gang in West Cape May near the top of Sunset Boulevard at the Exit Zero Store mothership, and make sure to congratulate Jack Wright, Jason Black, Diane Stopyra, and the rest of the gang for me while you are there.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cape May on the Fourth of July 2013! Independence Day in Cape May!

If you are in Cape May for the Fourth of July, you've come to the right place. Cape May celebrates Independence Day right.  Red, White, Blue, Fireworks, All-America as it gets.  Here are the events you need to hit this July 3 and July 4 in Cape May:

Your Fun starts tomorrow at 5pm in North Cape May on the Bay. Head out Broadway until you go over the 'backdoor bridge' into Cape May.  Hang a left at the light following signs for the ferry. You can't miss the fun!

Then on July 4th you can stay in Cape May for the annual fireworks blowout. Many hotels will be putting on events, all of which will culminate with fireworks over the ocean off of Congress Beach at DUSK.

Congress Hall will have kids games, patriotic singalongs, and live music starting at 4pm; a picnic at 5pm at $12 a head, and a lobster bake at $85 a head starting at 6pm.

But Congress Hall is not the only hotel with events  for the Fourth.  Also check out the Montreal Inn, which will have a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band playing at 4pm until the fireworks begin!

You can also catch a brass band at the Rotary Bandstand at 7:45pm, and alternatively you can watch the fireworks from the Cape May Whale Watcher Boat!

Lots to do in Cape May in the next two days! Be there or be square!!!!

West Cape May Farmer's Market Every Tuesday Afternoon This Summer

West Cape May Farmers Market & Community Concerts held at the "Backyard Park" located behind the West Cape May Borough Hall, 732 Broadway. The Market features local fresh produce and herbs and much much more. Runs each Tuesday between 3:00PM and 7:30PM rain or shine.  Local musicians perform between 5PM till 7PM. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, Oprah was in Town, Here Comes the 4th of July

July 1! I can't help but think of my days lifeguarding the teen summer away in Cape May at one of the many pools in town. New Jersey doesn't require lifeguards at these pools anymore - that's a shame.

Here's an obligatory post & photo of Oprah, who visited us this weekend:

Pretty sure that photo is at the Blue Pig Tavern or at the back of Congress Hall.  She looks great. As someone who battles his weight, I have to note that she obviously has kept the weight off recently. Good for her.

Finally, here's your first run-down of Fourth of July events, courtesy of CapeMay.Com: Parading in the Fourth! I will have my own details about events this week as the week progresses.

Have a great week!